Dana White has revealed he as soon as needed to cease Conor McGregor from making a $3million guess on himself to knock out Chad Mendes within the second spherical of their UFC 189 conflict again in July 2015.
Earlier than the boxing, the cash, the whiskey and the clothes vary, ‘The Infamous’ was only a humble child from Eire with a dream of turning into UFC champion.
After operating by way of the featherweight division in lower than two years, McGregor had put himself in pole place for a shot at reigning champion Jose Aldo at first of 2015 together with his defeat of Denis Siver.
Following their gruelling world tour and quite a few press commitments, McGregor thought his probability was taken from him simply weeks earlier than the combat when Aldo pulled out with a damaged rib.
Undeterred, McGregor merely requested for a alternative fighter and the interim belt to be placed on the road, with Mendes stepping up at brief discover for the combat in Las Vegas.
Though it was not pound-for-pound king Aldo standing in entrance of him, the Irishman was nonetheless dealing with the harmful Mendes – a person who had solely misplaced twice from 19 professional MMA fights and the Brazilian inflicting each of them.
The American could nicely have been generally known as ‘Cash’, however it was McGregor who was making critical waves within the sport right now and he even tried to position a big wager on himself, just for White and Lorenzo Fertitta to cease him.
White advised the story on The Jim Rome Present, saying: “You need to know the way assured this child is? I can’t even consider I’m going to say this, however, he advised Lorenzo and I the opposite day ‘I’ll guess you $three million I knock him out within the second spherical.’
“I wish to guess, I don’t know if I’m that prepared to take that guess,” White added. “After I let you know how extraordinarily assured this man is in himself, it’s fascinating.
“He’s a really distinctive, fascinating individual to take heed to. Enjoyable to take heed to, and enjoyable to observe.”
McGregor would declare the interim 145lbs title through a second-round stoppage of Mendes on the MGM Grand, which arrange an undisputed featherweight title combat with Jose Aldo later that yr.
In fact, what occurred subsequent will go down in MMA folklore as McGregor landed a crushing left hook after simply 13 seconds which rendered the champion unconscious and began a brand new period for each the game and the UFC.